The Best Hotels in Destin, Florida for Every Traveler

The Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is steps away from many shops and restaurants
The Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is steps away from many shops and restaurants | Courtesy of Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard / Expedia
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29 June 2021

There are three main reasons travelers come to Destin – sun, sea and sand. However, with cycling trails, the wildlife-rich Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the chance to chart your own fishing boat, it’s not just sun-seekers who will love this Florida city. Whatever your reason for visiting, here are the best hotels in Destin.

The Henderson, a Salamander Resort

4.6/5 (578 Reviews)
The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
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Tucked inside a building that’s more New England than Northwest Florida, this seaside resort showcases art from local artists in its 170 rooms. Amenities include six dining options – from the beachside cantina to the dock-to-table Primrose restaurant – and activities such as snorkeling and boogie boarding. However, the pièce de résistance is the hotel’s private strip of white sand next to the Henderson Beach State Park.

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Beachside Inn

Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast
4.6/5 (322 Reviews)
Beachside Inn
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Just steps from the beach, this relaxed seaside motel charms with its two-tiered pool and breezy sundeck. The nautical-themed rooms, with a king or two queen beds, feature original marine-life artworks, a mini-fridge, a microwave and daily coffee service. Some rooms are even pet-friendly – enquire when booking. The two dining options include a laid-back sidewalk cafe and Camille’s, which serves seaside fare and sushi.

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Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (374 Reviews)
Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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This three-star hotel oozes business-class cool and is steps away from the Grand Boulevard Tower Center and its shops and dining options. Clean, functional rooms feature blackout curtains, coffee makers and mini-fridges to ensure a comfortable stay. The breakfast room and bar offer casual bites, and the Market has a range of grab-and-go snacks to take on a day of biking or sunbathing.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (655 Reviews)
Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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With fully equipped kitchens, smart TVs and pet-friendly rooms, this all-suites hotel combines apartment privacy with hotel amenities. Rent a bike and explore the beaches and wildlife-rich wetlands of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, or get your exercise fix at the hotel’s outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. From Monday to Wednesday, the Residence Inn hosts social and culinary events in the lobby and outdoor space.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach

Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (960 Reviews)
Embassy Suites Hotel Destin Miramar Beach
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This light-filled hotel is just steps from the flawless white strip of Miramar Beach and the golf and tennis resorts surrounding it. Two-room units are simply decorated and come with a marble vanity, a microwave, a mini-fridge and a sofa bed for up to two additional guests. Enjoy complimentary wine and beer at the evening reception before dining on Caribbean specialties and fresh seafood at Calypso Cafe. There’s also an enormous outdoor pool for enjoying a relaxing daytime swim.

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  • 1210 Tops’l Tides

    1210 Tops'l Tides - 2 Br Condo
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    This two-bedroom condo is part of the Vacasa chain and features a shared hot tub, gym, pool and tennis courts. Whip up a stack of pancakes in the fully equipped kitchen before heading out to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The nature-rich habitat is an outdoor lover’s haven, with fishing, cycling, birding and swimming. The entertainment complex of Sandestin is also right on your doorstep, with cinemas, theaters and endless dining options.

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    Hampton Inn and Suites Destin

    Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
    4.5/5 (916 Reviews)
    Hampton Inn & Suites Destin
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    The Destin outpost of the Hampton Inn and Suites sits in a plum spot, just a five-minute walk from Henderson State Beach Park and countless steakhouses, pizza shacks and seafood restaurants. However, if you’d prefer to stay at the hotel, you’ll find a fitness center and a saltwater pool. Almost all rooms come with a fridge and microwave, and many have a wet bar for serving coffee and drinks.

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    Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse

    Guesthouse, Bed and Breakfast
    Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse
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    Embodying Old Florida, this romantic guesthouse has 13 accommodation options. All come with a fridge, a microwave and a coffee pot, while three have a full kitchen. The attached cafe serves old-fashioned oatmeal, muffins, waffles topped with fresh fruit and pecans, and more. While away afternoons in the shady, hibiscus-filled courtyard or head out to the surrounding Grayton Beach State Park, exploring numerous hiking trails and a sugar-white beach.

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    Looking for more recommendations? Opt for more privacy at one of these vacation rentals and book your next stay right here on Culture Trip. There’s plenty to do in the day too; discover the top things to do in Destin and the best restaurants to go to for delicious local delicacies and fresh seafood.

    These recommendations were updated on June 29, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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